If ever there was a room that should be all about you, it’s your bedroom. Certainly if you have a partner the decisions are joint, but it’s still all about your comfort, your enjoyment and having a space where you can retreat to at the end of a long day. The most important rule for a bedroom is do what you love! Here are a few suggestions to help create your perfect bedroom:
Select the right end tables. Unless you’re able to live minimally, choose end tables that have room for storage. I prefer a drawer or two to tuck away books, tissues, etc. Don’t assume end tables have to match. As long as there’s a common element (colour or style) to unify, go for individual tables that suit each of your needs and taste. TIP: Keep them the same height.
Invest in a quality mattress. No matter how beautiful your bedroom, the most critical element is your mattress! A quality, supportive mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep. Do your homework. There are a huge number of options available – check them out thoroughly.
Choose a focal point. Oftentimes the bed is the focal point; if so make it glorious with a fabulous headboard and linens. Other great focal points include a fireplace or a spectacular armoire.
Make your room conducive to sleep. There are lots of ways to make your bedroom more sleep friendly. Skip the TV set (and all electronics!), ensure the room is very dark, don’t choose bright paint and try keeping a sachet of lavender near your bed.
Carve out a nook for reading. A bedroom should have a seat other than the bed. Some like a bench at the foot of the bed, but there’s nothing more cozy and luxurious than a special chair, chaise or loveseat designated for quiet reflection or reading. TIP: Keep the chair away from closets and drawers so it doesn’t become a clothes catch-all!
Go gender neutral. Women often crave feminine bedrooms, but the truth is, a room that reflects both his and her tastes is often more elegant. Neutral colours are always appropriate with perhaps a little pop of colour to keep it interesting. Keep pastels and florals in check; they are appealing in small amounts but too much makes the room pretty rather than chic.
Display lots of pillows. Mix up the sizes, shapes and textures of your bed cushions, but arrange them as a grouping, using colour as your anchor. There’s no magic number for bed pillows, but it should look comfortable, not contrived. However, you know you’ve gone too far when getting ready for bed is an undertaking!
Show your personality. You don’t have to bow to public opinion – this is your space. Showcase the things that matter to you: a collection, a photograph, a family heirloom. A touch of whimsy is fine, but of course, you still want the space to look cohesive and harmonious.
Bring back the desk! Bedroom desks have made a comeback, retro to the days when we sat and wrote letters! Today it’s more likely catching up on emails, but the appeal of a writing desk is timeless. TIP: Keep your laptop tucked away until you need it for a clean, classic look.